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Sunday September 17th in Early Childhood KidzTown

Unit 23, Session 3: Jesus Walked on Water (Matthew 14:22-33)
 We loved hanging out with your kids this week and discussing the last session of our unit on Jesus’ miracles! Keep reading for details on the Bible story and how you could incorporate it in an activity at home.

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: Why did Jesus perform miracles? Jesus performed miracles to show He is God’s Son

BIBLE STORY POINTS:

  • Jesus did miracles. <-- Main Point for Babies & Toddlers
  • Jesus’ friends were in a boat during a storm.
  • Jesus walked on the water to His friends. <-- Main Point for Preschool & Pre-K
  • Jesus’ friends believed He is God’s Son.

 BIBLE STORY DETAILS:

Jesus had just fed more than 5,000 people on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. After sending away the people and directing His disciples to go back across the sea, Jesus went to a mountain to pray. It was late, and He sought to be alone with His Father. Jesus was preparing to fulfill His Father’s plan. Before long, He would die on the cross and rescue people from their sin.

 While Jesus prayed, the disciples struggled to cross the sea. A storm came and tossed their boat up and down. They didn’t make any progress against the waves. Then, in the early morning hours, they saw a figure walking toward them on the water. They thought it was a ghost, but it was Jesus!

 Peter asked Jesus for permission to come out on the water, and Jesus called to him. Peter walked on the water too—until he remembered the storm. Peter took his eyes off of Jesus, and he began to sink. Peter cried out to Jesus, “Save me!”

 Jesus took Peter by the hand and got in the boat. The wind and waves calmed. Though Peter had doubted, the disciples worshiped Jesus. Clearly He was no ordinary man; this was the Son of God—the promised Messiah!

 CHRIST CONNECTION: Jesus proved that He can be trusted. His miracles, teaching, death, and resurrection showed that He is who He says He is. Only Jesus can save us when we look to Him in faith.  As you talk with your kids, encourage them to look to Jesus in faith every day. We can seek Him for our salvation and for help as we live in this world. Even in the midst of fear and doubt, we can hold out our empty hands and cry, “Lord, save me!” He will answer, and we can respond in worship of our Lord and Savior.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE: John 20:31 “These are written that you may believe that Jesus is Messiah, the Son of God.”

 ACTIVITY IDEA: Create a row boat in your family room.  Ask your kids the big picture question and have them repeat the answer with you.  Act out the Bible story together. Explain the Christ Connection. End by stating the Unit Key Passage (John 20:31) together a few times.

 Want more ideas of how to use this information with your family during the week? Check out this blog post: Using the Gospel Project as a Family Devotional

NEXT WEEK:“Four Friends Helped” (Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17-26)

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Sunday, September 17 in Elementary KidzTown

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Key Passage: Matthew 13:11 (K-2nd grade) or Matthew 13:10-11 (3rd-5th grade)

Big Picture Question: Why does God give good gifts? God gives good gifts because He is generous.

Christ Connection: Jesus’ parable teaches about God’s grace. God is generous, and He loves us. We deserve to die for our sins, but God gives us what we don’t deserve—salvation through His Son, Jesus.

Dear Parents,

 Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. Over the next several weeks, kids will be learning five parables that Jesus taught about God’s kingdom. The religious leaders who listened to and watched Jesus had some problems with the things He said and did. He taught about a righteousness that comes by faith rather than works, and He was friends with tax collectors and sinners. So Jesus told a parable to make clear that entering God’s kingdom was not a matter of merit but of grace.

 The parable of the vineyard workers is about a landowner who hired workers to work in his vineyard. The first group agreed to work for a denarius, a fair wage for a day’s work. Throughout the day, the landowner hired more groups of workers. At the end of the day, the landowner paid every worker one denarius. The workers who had put in 12 hours did not think it was fair that those who worked just 1 hour were paid the same.

 In Jesus’ parable, the second, third, fourth, and fifth groups of workers represent people who are not a part of the nation of Israel. The Israelites had been following God for generations. They faced trials, paralleling the men who worked through the heat of the day. God promised blessings to Abraham’s family, Israel. (See Gen. 12:2-3.) God kept His promise, yet He also poured out blessings on tax collectors, sinners, Gentiles.

 Like the landowner and his wealth, God is free to share His grace as He desires. Jesus gave salvation to the criminal who was crucified next to Him and to Saul, who persecuted believers. Does God act fairly in saving people who have not followed Him their entire lives? The reward—eternal life—is God’s grace to those who believe, whether they believe at the first or at the last.

God does not owe us anything, yet He pours out blessings on us. He makes salvation possible for us, regardless of our abilities or efforts. The last will be first, and the first last. Jesus’ parable teaches about God’s grace. God is generous, and He loves us. We deserve to die for our sins, but God gives us what we don’t deserve—salvation through His Son, Jesus.

Activity: Give kids grapes to eat as a snack. Explain that grapes grow on vines in a vineyard. Review the Bible story. The landowner hired men to work his fields. At the end of the day, the landowner paid all the workers what was fair or more than they deserved. Ask the big picture question and lead kids to respond with the answer. List below ways God has been generous to your family.

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